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    A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a book written by Ishmael Beah in 2007 about his experiences as a boy soldier.

    King Leopold’S Ghost by Adam Hochschild

    In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million--all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. King Leopold's Ghost is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions, a man as cunning, charming, and cruel as any of the great Shakespearean villains. It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who fought Leopold: a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure and unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust. Adam Hochschild brings this largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman. Like her, he knows that history often provides a far richer cast of characters than any novelist could invent. Chief among them is Edmund Morel, a young British shipping agent who went on to lead the international crusade against Leopold. Another hero of this tale, the Irish patriot Roger Casement, ended his life on a London gallows. Two courageous black Americans, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard, risked much to bring evidence of the Congo atrocities to the outside world. Sailing into the middle of the story was a young Congo River steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming above them all, the duplicitous billionaire King Leopold II. With great power and compassion, King Leopold's Ghost will brand the tragedy of the Congo--too long forgotten--onto the conscience of the West.

    Don't Let's Go To the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

    Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972 she moved with her family to a farm in Rhodesia. After that country’s civil war in 1981, the Fullers moved first to Malawi, then to Zambia. Fuller received a B.A. from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1994, she moved to Wyoming, where she still lives. She has two children. From the Hardcover edition.

    African Game Trails by Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt declined to run for reelection as President of the United States in 1908. Partly as a vacation, partly to avoid the press as his friend Taft set up a new administration, (and partly for self-promotion), T.R. set out for Africa to hunt big game and collect specimens for a future exposition at the Smithsonian. Scribner's magazine underwrote the trip by paying $50,000 for twelve articles. It is these articles that eventually became African Game Trails.In April 1909, T.R. and his son Kermit arrived in Mombasa. With an entourage of 250 porters and guides, the Roosevelts spent a year snaking across British East Africa, into the Belgian Congo and back to the Nile, ending in Khartoum. This narrative is a straightforward chronicle of the trip, laced with tips on tracking and hunting African big game, and observations and opinions about Africa and its peoples, many of which are politically incorrect by today's standards. T.R. believed in the inferiority of most African peoples and recommended they be civilized by European rule.For the most part, however, African Game Trails is a book about big game hunting. Over the course of the year, the Roosevelts collected (i.e. shot) 1,100 specimens, including eleven elephants, twenty rhinoceroses, seventeen lions, twenty zebra, seven hippopotamuses, seven giraffes, and six buffalo. This was a different era, to be sure. In a way that makes the account all the more valuable. African Games Trails is well-written and rolls along easily, like a good, long, after-dinner story. It is also a striking record of early 20th-century African culture and natural history. It is great fun and highly recommended for the non-squeamish.

    Scribbling the Cat by Alexandra Fuller

    When Alexandra ("Bo") Fuller was home in Zambia a few years ago, visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a "tough bugger." Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: "Curiosity scribbled the cat." Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war. With the same fiercely beautiful prose that won her acclaim for Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight , Fuller here recounts her friendship with K. K is, seemingly, a man of contradictions: tattooed, battle scarred, and weathered by farm work, he is a lion of a man, feral and bulletproof. Yet he is also a born-again Christian, given to weeping when he recollects his failed romantic life, and more than anything else welling up inside with memories of battle. For his war, like all wars, was a brutal one, marked by racial strife, jungle battles, unimaginable tortures, and the murdering of innocent civilians—and K, like all the veterans of the war, has blood on his hands. Driven by K's memories, Fuller and K decide to enter the heart of darkness in the most literal way—by traveling from Zambia through Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Mozambique to visit the scenes of the war and to meet other veterans. It is a strange journey into the past, one marked at once by somber reflections and odd humor and featuring characters such as Mapenga, a fellow veteran who lives with his pet lion on a little island in the middle of a lake and is known to cope with his personal demons by refusing to speak for days on end. What results from Fuller's journey is a remarkably unbiased and unsentimental glimpse of men who have killed, mutilated, tortured, and scrambled to survive during wartime and who now must attempt to live with their past and live past their sins. In these men, too, we get a glimpse of life in Africa, a land that besets its creatures with pests, plagues, and natural disasters, making the people there at once more hardened and more vulnerable than elsewhere. Scribbling the Cat is an engrossing and haunting look at war, Africa, and the lines of sanity.

    Bill Bryson's African Diary by Bill Bryson

    Bill Bryson’s bestselling travel books include Notes from a Small Island , Notes from a Big Country , A Walk in the Woods , and Down Under . Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bill Bryson lived in England for nearly two decades. He now lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with his wife and four children.

    Skeletons On the Zahara by Dean King

    While there have been numerous historical adventure narratives published, this is the first major work to take place in the greatest desert of all. King retraced parts of Captain James Riley's three-month trek through the desert, going for days consuming only camel urine and locusts. The book is rich with the sort of detail one could only get from being on the scene, in the heart of the desert.

    The Fate Of Africa by Martin Meredith

    Nisa by Marjorie Shostak

    The King's England by Mee Arthur

    An Army At Dawn by Rick Atkinson

    Horn Of the Hunter by Robert Ruark

    Witchcraft Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande by E E Evans-Pritchard

    House Of Bondage by Ernest Cole

    Four Years In Paradise by Osa Johnson

    Scapegoats Of the Empire by George Witton

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia B Edwards

    Africa Adorned by Angela Fisher

    Between the Woods and The Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor

    The Boer War by Thomas Pakenham

    The war declared by the Boers of South Africa on October 11, 1899, gave the British, as Kipling said, 'No end of a lesson.' The public expected it to be over by Christmas. It proved to be the longest, the costliest, the bloodiest and most humiliating war that Great Britain fought between 1815 and 1914.

    I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson

    The Washing Of the Spears by Donald R Morris

    My Pride and Joy by George Adamson

Africa Books & Ephemera



    Zulu Paradox by Tracey, Hugh

    Silver Leaf Books, 1948. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fair/Fair. boards are rubbed, edge worn and knocked. thorough tanning and marks. ownership inscription. fair copy.[S.K]



    Zaara ou le Desert by Mallet, Allain Manesson:

    Paris, 1683. Copper engraving, 15 x 10.5 cms, recent hand-colour, French text on verso, from Mallet’s ‘Description de l’Univers’. Map



    The Union of South Africa Volume 5 by Hahlo, H R

    Stevens / Juta, 1960. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Poor. The jacket is not attractive. Internally clean (one signature) and tightly bound.



    P. de Zanguebar by Mallet, Allain Manesson:

    Paris, 1683. Copper engraving, 15.5 x 10 cms, recent hand-colour, light waterstaining in upper margin, French text on verso, from Mallet’s ‘Description de l’Univers’. Map



    The Stone-tipped Arrow. Late Stone-Age Hunters of the Tropical Old World by Bridget Allchin

    Phoenix House, J M Dent & Sons Ltd, London, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Fair. Rubbed and chipped unclipped dust-jacket, dark blue covers with gilt lettering and decoration, sound binding, clean pages and end-papers. Dust-jacket in non-adhesive clear protective sleeve. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: under 1 kg. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 40218051303..



    Where Giants Trod - The Saga of Kenyas Desert Lake by Monty Brown

    Fantastisk bog om Kenyas nordlige egne - forhistorie, stammer, udforskningen og administrationen frem til 1920. 1989.431 sider, indb.



    BOTSWANA: A BRUSH WITH THE WILD. Foreword by Ian Player by AUGUSTINUS, Paul

    Randburg, South Africa: Acorn Books, 1987. First Edition- there are later reprint editions. Signed by Augustinus on the half-title page. A journey through the wilderness areas of Botswana's northern region. Illustrated with reproductions of Paul Augustinus's paintings and photographs. Large oblong quarto; dark-blue cloth in dust jacket; 207 pages. Heavy book- postage extra. Very Good (covers nice; contents clean & tight); very nice d/j.



    Explorations on the Congo, from Stanley Pool to Bangala, and up the Bochini to the Junction of the Kwango. by GRENFELL, George & COMBER, T.J

    London: Royal Geographical Society, 1885. 21 pages, plus a bright folding color map measuring 13.25 inches x 8.5 inches (34cm x 22cm).Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. The first detailed survey of Malebo Pool (formerly Stanley Pool or Lake Nkunda) in 1884, in the lower reaches of the Congo River, is recounted and dispersed with compelling descriptions of remote equatorial towns and revealing accounts of various indigenous hedonistic tribal customs including slavery, promiscuity, human sacrifice rituals. From Arthington, near Leopoldville, a river steam vessel named Peace, was launched on Stanley Pool and was embarked to explore the Kiva, the Kwango (Cuango), and the Kasai rivers. A historically significant journey described first-hand and accompanied with a colour map. . First Edition.



    Guinea by Blaeu, G

    Amsterdam, 1638. Full modern color. Title surrounded by cartouche. One worm hole. 21 x 15 with wide margins. West coast of Africa.


    AUD $30.00

    If This Be Treason: Helen Joseph's Dramatic Diary of the Treason Trial 1956-1961 by Joseph, Helen

    Johannesburg, South Africa: Contra Press, 1998. Softcover, first thus, 552gms, 311 pages. Helen Joseph's diary of the South African Treason Trial is a most moving and human account of how committed people stand together, finding strength from their oppression and the resolution that comes from the moral certainty that one's cause is right and just. Book is in good condition with only minor general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout. Cover shows some mild creasing and there is a small stamp and pen marking from a previous bookseller on the inside front page, otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Thus. Softcover. Very Good/Not Applicable. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Between the Woods and the Water. by Fermor, Patrick Leigh

    London: The Folio Society, 2006. First Folio edition of the author's second book in the author's trilogy that began with A Time of Gifts. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leigh Fermor on the title page. Fine in a fine slipcase. Illustrated by Mary Kuper. John Gross wrote that it was not primarily for the "information it contains that his book deserves to be read (though he packs in a great deal), but for its sumptuous coloring, the acuteness of his responses, the loving precision with which he conjures up people and places" (The New York Times).



    Rare Autograph Letter Signed by WARD, Herbert (1863 - 1919)

    1890. unbound. 1 page, 9.75 x 7.5 inches, on embossed personal letterhead, "Windsor Hotel," January 23, 1890. In this letter, Ward makes plans to meet someone at a convenient time, in full: "Dear Sir, I intended calling upon you some time ago, but I had to go out of town. I trust tomorrow afternoon about 3pm will be a convenient hour to you as I shall be down town. I can call upon you at that time. I remain, Yours Faithfully, Herbert Ward." Partial tears along the fold; otherwise very good condition. British adventurer and African explorer. Ward went to the Congo in 1884 under the auspices of Sir Henry M. Stanley. He joined Stanley in the command to relieve Emin Pasha in the Sudan (1886), raising a collective force of over four hundred natives. Author of "Five Years with the Congo Cannibals," married the daughter of C. H. Sanfero in New York, 1890. He died at age 58.



    Vanishing Africa - Revised Edition by Mirella Ricciardi

    London: Collins, 1974. revised Edition. Hard cover in dust jacket. Published London: Collins, 1974, (reprinted 1978). Folio, 10 3/4" x 14 1/4", 214pp., illustrated with full and double page color and b/w photos. A lavish photographic record of a trip through Africa. Beige pictorial cloth with brown titles. Fine in very good plus dust jacket.. Hard. Fine/Very Good Plus. Folio.



    Stars and Stripes in Africa by Rosenthal, Eric

    National Books Ltd, 1968. Hardcover. Good/Good. signed. Signed by Author(s)the jacket is torn at the top front and worn. creased. marked. spine sunned. Signed by author. tanning. minor insect gnawing on the front end page. internally clean and tightly bound. New Edition. [P.O.]



    The Country of the Dwarfs by du Chaillu, Paul

    New York: Harper & Brothers. Very Good with no dust jacket; Some smudges to back cover and spine. . Pencil front endpaper, pages yellowing.. 1871. Hardcover. du Chaillu's exploration in Central Africa. ; 8vo; 314 pages .



    Republique Gabonaise. Gabon Culture et Techniques. Musee des Arats et Traditions by Unknown

    Libreville, Gabon: Office de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique Outre-Mer, 1969. Paperback. Very Good in Wraps. Paperback. A scarce catalog in French on the history and culture of Gabon as seen through its artifacts, including tools, jewelry, basketry,masks, and musical instruments. There are many black & white photographs of objects accompanied by their descriptions. In original black paper wraps with pictorial cover with title to spine and front. Some wear along spine and cover edges but very good.condition as is interior with crease to half title and offsetting from cover flaps. A fascinating monograph on Gabon's art and traditions. AFRICA/102412.



    Perspectives on South African fiction by Christie, Sarah : Hutchings, Geoffrey : Maclennan, Don

    AD. Donker, 1980. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. jacket is shelf rubbed. mild tanning. ownership inscription. light marks. well bound. very good copy.[S.K]




    1962. POWDERMAKER, Hortense. COPPER TOWN: CHANGING AFRICA. NY: Harper & Row, 1962. 8vo., cloth in dust jacket, First Edition. Signed presentation by Powdermaker on the front endpaper: "For Virginia, with love, Hortense." The author travels to the "Dark Continent" to report on the human situation on the European-influenced Rhodesian Copperbelt. Very good (small tear at crown); few nicks, some rubbing (touch of soil) d/j. $30.00.



    The Discarded People by Desmond, Cosmas

    The Christian Institute of S.A. Paperback. Fair. wraps are shelf rubbed and creased. foxing and marks. undated. fair copy.[S.K]




    1961. HENNESSY, Maurice N. THE CONGO: A BRIEF HISTORY AND APPRAISAL. NY: Frederick A. Praeger, [1961]. 8vo., black cloth in dust jacket. First Edition. The story of the Congo from the earliest slave-state to Belgium's abdication of power. Signed presentation from Hennessy on the front endpaper: "To: Carolyn whose very considerable help is very deeply appreciated and whose friendship is valued so highly. Wm. Hennessy. May 1961." Very Good (little toning endpapers; contents clean & tight); little edgewear & soil (some rubbing front cover) d/j. $75.00.



    In Darkest Africa or, The Quest, Rescue, and Retreat of Emin, Governor of Equatoria. by Stanley, Henry M

    London: Sampson, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1890. First edition, edition de luxe, number 242 of 250 copies signed by Henry Stanley. Original half black morocco over vellum, top edges gilt, 2 volumes. Two steel-engraved portrait frontispieces, two photogravure plates on India paper, mounted, 36 wood-engraved plates on India, mounted, 6 etchings by M.G. Montbard signed by the artist in pencil, 4 coloured maps and plans; the 2 larger folding maps mounted on linen. In near fine condition with some light rubbing to the extremities, bookplate. A very nice example. Stanley and Emin entered Bagamoyo on their donkeys, some way ahead of their caravan, on 4 December, 1889. It was sensational news. Emin was safe, although the expedition to relieve him had cost the lives of at least 700 people. With the good journalist's facility for rapid reporting, Stanley began his account of the rescue at the Hotel Victoria, Cairo, on 25 January 1890, working on it continuously for fifty days at the rate of 20 printed pages per day. The first portion of the manuscript was delivered to the printer's on 12 March and the last proof sheet returned for printing by Clowes on 3 June. Hosken p. 189




    1967. AMES, Evelyn. A GLIMPSE OF EDEN. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., [1967]. 8vo, decorative cloth. Later Printing. Signed presentation from Ames on a front blank page: "For Claire, one of my most perceptive readers, with appreciation, gratitude, and love, Evvie." Near Fine. $25.00.



    Safari - A Saga of the African Blue by Johnson, Martin

    G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. 5th or later Edition. Hardcover. Fair/No Jacket. This robust copy is in fair condition. It has been subject to careless storage and there is much wear about the edges and the spine due to this. The cloth cover bodies are generally good and clear with comparatively little marking. There is insect damage to the bottom paper trim edge and to the spine seams. The spine has an open wound to the head and wear to the foot. The inside back cover has cracked through to the stitching. Nonetheless passing by all of this surface damage and wear, the contents are firm, clear and complete. There is some foxing on the pages but they are largely clear and can be used with confidence and excitement. fk




    1993. KLEIN, Martin A. BREAKING THE CHAINS: SLAVERY, BONDAGE, AND EMANCIPATION IN MODERN AFRICA AND ASIA. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, [1993]. 8vo., printed wraps. First Edition. Very Good (some soil to rear cover, ink notation title page). $5.00.



    Semâto (Fusilier de l'enderta), Ouelda Mikael (Lancier du tigré) by LEFEBVRE, Charlemagne Théophile

    Arthus Bertrand. Bayot. Lithograph with hand-coloring. Image measures 11.5" x 13.75". This plate from Lefebvre's "Voyage en Abyssinie" features two figures against a yellow background showing the local costume of Abyssinie, now Ethiopia. The figure on the left wears traveling clothes and is carrying a rifle. The figure on the right is outfitted for battle with a spear and shield. The print is in good condition, with browning and tears limited generally to the margins where they do not affect the image. Some unnoticeable stray marks and stains on the image. Charlemagne Théophile Lefebvre (1811-1860) was a French explorer whose 9-volume "Voyage en Abyssinie" was the first detailed scientific survey of Ethiopia. He compiled the work based on an expedition he made for the French government between 1839 and 1843 to the the principal towns of Ethiopia: Adwaz, Aksum, Adegrat, Chalaqot, Ankobar, Angolah and Gondar, as well as a number of villages, markets and monasteries. 3 volumes of plates depicting the botany, landscape, zoology, ethnography, and anthropology of the region and its people. This print is an interesting example from this rare work.

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